Subhi has performed at the renowned SXSW Music Festival (2018, 2019), spoken and performed at TEDx Naperville (2017) and at Talks At Google (2018) at Google Headquarters (California). Recently she performed and spoke at Facebook as part of their Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration. Subhi has performed at several prestigious and well-known venues including The Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Elephant Room (Austin), Lotus World Music Festival (Indiana), Live On The Lake! series at Navy Pier Chicago (2017, 2018, 2019), Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago) and Rockwood Music Hall (New York City). Her songs have appeared on SXSW's official playlist on Spotify, NPR and several radio stations across the United States. ABC7 Chicago showcased Subhi's journey on their Emmy award-winning show Asian Influences. Subhi is a proud recipient of the 2019 Individual Artist Program cultural grant awarded by the City of Chicago. In 2018 she toured with Red Baraat as part of their Festival of Colors Mid-West tour and opened for the band at Dakota Jazz Club (Minneapolis), CSPS Hall (Iowa) and Martyrs (Chicago).
Originally from New Delhi, Subhi was always surrounded by music whether by the Punjabi folk music sung during family celebrations or the Indian classical music her grandmother enjoyed listening to. At the age of eight Subhi started receiving formal training in Hindustani classical music. As a child she enjoyed listening to her grandfather recite Urdu poetry and would write down the poems that touched her heart. She started writing her own songs in middle school. During her years in middle and high school, Subhi was a part of the English music choir and also played Indian percussion instruments, namely tabla and dholak for the Indian Music Choir.
Subhi immigrated to New York City in high school and after graduating college interned with famed Oscar-nominated film director Mira Nair for the Broadway musical Monsoon Wedding. She was also an entertainment reporter for South Asian outlets, all while working full-time at a prominent Wall Street banking institution. Even after winning a coveted employee award, Subhi's strong feeling of emptiness gave her a sign to fully pursue what she wanted to her entire life: write and sing her own songs. She quit her job and packed her bags to try her luck in the Hindi-cinema capital, Mumbai, a city completely unknown to her. She believed with her heart that passions are supposed to be pursued full-time and her conviction and hard work paid off. While in Mumbai, Subhi sang and composed music for National Award winning director Nila Madhab Panda on his feature film and also worked on projects with leading Indian digital platforms including The Viral Fever and Y-Films -- the digital platform for illustrious production house Yash Raj Films. Mumbai further honed her skills as an engaging performing artist. Subhi shuttled between Chicago and Mumbai and in that travel and cultural diversity she created lyrics and music that were both personal and universal.
Subhi loves yellow-colored flowers, traveling through Europe and drinking masala chai. In fact, if sent to a deserted island she would bring packets of masala chai, a lavender-scented candle and Selected Poems by Gulzar with her. Those who know Subhi describe her as exuberant, genuine and elegant.
Her first album Shaitaan Dil (Naughty Heart) debuted in 2017 with much appreciation for its authentic sound and strong storytelling. Described as a soulful and vivid journal, Shaitaan Dil was greatly inspired by her childhood and travel between continents. The album release party was hosted by the popular Old Town School of Folk Music and co-presented by The Jazz Institute of Chicago. Her show was part of the Official Jazz Club Tour 2017 as well as the celebrated World Music Wednesdays series.
Upcoming Second Album
Subhi is currently working on her second album which has elements of Hindi pop and Brazilian bossa nova and will showcase her vocal prowess using Hindi and English lyrics. Motivated by the realization that she doesn't have to pick one culture over another, or even one language over another, her second album further promotes a beautiful cross-cultural exchange of sound and experience. The album will be released early 2020.